All Clear

September 23, 2016 @ 4:50 pm | Filed under: Books

Midmorning. Beanie comes into my room, slams Blackout down on my bed. She’s wild-eyed, almost trembling.

“You were right,” she said. Bursts out with a laugh. “I…I…”

“You need All Clear.” I’m grinning.

“Yes. Immediately.”

“It’s in the library basket.”

She’s been reading Blackout in between other books for weeks now. I had several false starts with it myself, and I’d warned her that it can be slow going at first, while you’re getting a handle on who everyone is and where (when) they are. “But you’ll hit a point,” I’d predicted, “maybe two-thirds of the way through the book, where you won’t be able to put it down.”

And I knew from experience—actually, I think some of you warned me here—that the second she finished Blackout, she’d be desperate to leap into the sequel. It’s really more of a Part Two, and you can’t get that cover cracked open fast enough.

“Enjoy,” I tell her. We both know I won’t be seeing much of her today.


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  1. Oh, those are the kinds of recommendations I love!

  2. That book (because it is one book, just in two bodies) is a favourite in our house. Absolutely wonderful, scrumptious book. And the ending!!!

  3. I felt the same way…couldn’t get All Clear soon enough! But there came a point about 2/3 of the way through All Clear that it slowed down again. I kept thinking she needs an editor to cut some of this out. On the whole, though, a lot of fun, and very educational. I had never heard of the V1s & V2s or really considered what it was like to live through the blitz.